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Miriam Carey, Capitol Hill Suspect, Might Have Had Post-Partum Depression

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As we all should expect, in the aftermath of yesterday's Capitol Hill scare — where a 34-year-old mother was gunned down by police officers after leading them on a reckless chase — people are looking for answers. They're looking for reasons as to why a seemingly normal mother and 'always happy' dental hygienist from Connecticut would do something like this.

The latest report might have an insight, and it's an explanation for that affects a whole lot of people at any given time:

Post-Partum depression.

Also known as the baby-blues, PP mostly affects mothers, but can actually affect fathers as well. In this case, Miriam Carey was believed to have been suffering from a severe form of it, as her 1-year-old was actually in the car at the time of the incident that ended Miriam's life.

This reveal has come from Miriam's own mother.

Here's what Idella Carey said about after the newborn arrived last August:

"A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. … She was hospitalized. I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this. It's the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her."

Miriam also has no history of violence, according to the mother, and nobody knows why she was even in Washington on Thursday — she had thought Miriam was taking the baby to a doctor's appointment in Connecticut.

Ugh, this is SO awful. We're terrified for this woman's child, and we wish the world knew more about post-partum depression and it's long-lasting effects. It isn't just something you can shake yourself out of — it's a REAL and dangerous form of depression!

It effects so may people (luckily not this extreme), and yet it isn't talked about nearly as much as it should be.

Our hearts go out to the little girl and Miriam's family… and to the officers that put their lives in harms way.

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20 comments to “Miriam Carey, Capitol Hill Suspect, Might Have Had Post-Partum Depression”

  1. 1

    This is a very sad story but I think it's important to note that the baby blues are not the same as post natal depression. Baby blues happen to all mothers at around 5-7 days after giving birth. It is a natural thing that happens as the hormones in your body adjust to not being pregnant anymore. It quiet often happens around the same time your milk comes in and tends to last a few days.

    Post natal depression is much more serious. It is not just related to hormones but is also a psychological problem that requires intervention and support to overcome. It can last anywhere from a month to 12 months or much longer if not spotted and addressed.

    It may seem unnecessary to make this distinction but for those who have suffered with either baby blues or post natal depression, or both, the distinction is hugely important. Society needs to be educated about these issues more so that incidents like this can be avoided in the future.

  2. Becky says – reply to this


    *****************YOU NEED TO CORRECT THIS STORY********************
    Postpartum depression and the "Baby Blues" are most certainly NOT the same. Those conditions are distinctly different and are even classified in the "International Classification of Diseases" as different conditions. Based on my experience, this woman probably had postpartum psychosis, which also is completely different that the aforementioned conditions. With that being said……..I appreciate you reporting on this and agree that there needs to be more education and information on postpartum conditions. Lack of knowledge in this area only contributes to the stigma of mental disorders. And unfortunately the stigma prevents many women from seeking help.

  3. MichJB says – reply to this


    My ex went through post-partum depression. Normally a happy easy going woman, her moods changed quickly and often were hysterical and violent. After many police calls to our house and a trip to the hospital for me when she stabbed me, I left, got custody of our baby daughter and raised her on my own for twenty five years. Unfortunately for us, PPD wasn't understood 25 years ago, so Michelle never got the help she needed.

  4. blenko says – reply to this


    Gotta ask why the police shot her once she was out of the car. Makes no sense!

  5. Becky says – reply to this


    Re: Jennie1986 – Thank you Jennie1986! We are on the same wavelength! I have experienced baby blues and PPD with two of my three children…….and they really are SO incredibly different. I wish everyone could understand that, and that the stigma of mental conditions would go away so people could get the help they desperately need!

  6. NE1 says – reply to this


    A lot of people have depression, myself included. But most of them will never be violent. this is sad that this woman went out this way, but at least she didn't take anyone else out.

  7. 7

    Is it the drugs? The epidural? What does that really do to women? What's that medication made from exactly? Scary. There are so many women for natural birth and against going to hospitals. Is this why? Is there something we women need to know here?

  8. 8

    she had mental illness, she thought obama was stalking her. we're gonna see alot more of this as people lose their incomes and homes and just start losing it. obama is such a small little man, having the park rangers close down war memorials while 6 flights of WWII vets are being flown in to see their monument that sob has the fences reinforced after the first group knocks them down and goes in anyway. obama has closed down movies and football games for the troops overseas, he closed grocery stores on military bases. of course, camp david is still open for him and his spawn and HIS GOLF COURSE is now ESSENTIAL. the mf thinks hes a freaking king.

  9. 9

    Perez..as other people have noted, PPD and the baby blues ARE NOT THE SAME!! I had the baby blues after the birth of both of my children, but it went away after a little over a week. PPD is totally different! You really should correct this.

  10. Cynzera says – reply to this


    I have a sick feeling that none of what has been reported is entirely accurate. No one takes their 1 year old child on a crime spree. Even criminals are most often protective of their children. She was murdered….

  11. MichJB says – reply to this


    Re: Cynzera – And no mothers drown their kids in a car or toss them off a bridge or out a hirise window. Washington had a mass shooting of 12 a week or so earlier - who knows what this woman was going to do? Not murder, unfortunate shooting.

  12. 12

    She probably figured out that she is now forced to buy a crappy health insurance policy illegally and would now be put on the street. Obama is a scumbag puppet for rich corporations

  13. 13

    Re: MichJB – Wow, so sorry you went through this. My Mom went through something similar (although I do not remember much since I was 6) when my sister was born. She was not planned but was very welcomed and loved.

  14. 14

    why was she shot dead ? this is awful

    my sister went into hospital with this last year for awhile and came out shes still on meds now 8 months later once they put them on the meds its hard for them to get them back off there must be another way..

  15. DeroioBerioi says – reply to this


    "depression. depression. depression". Why is everybody jumping to conclusions? They should AT LEAST wait for the autopsy report. 80% of the time when people do stuff that crazy… its because they are HIGH ON SOMETHING (meth, coke, something). I'd make a drug theory LONG before a "post partum depression" theory.

  16. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: DeroioBerioi – It wasn't a theory. Her sisters were interviewed on Piers.

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: @v@ – Either Piers or on some mainstream t.v. interview…

  18. 18

    a crazy woman, potentially neurotic, with no guns in a car doesn't deserve to die. execution at it's finest!

  19. 19

    Re: blenko – they always do that. they're not trained to think, just to kill

  20. 20

    Re: DeroioBerioi – you're so right.